Maritime e-Learning provider Videotel has launched an online course to provide certification for seafarers working with gases or other low-flashpoint fuels covered within the IGF Code.
The Code, which came into force on 1st January 2017, aims to minimise risk by acknowledging the special nature of any gaseous fuels that are being loaded, stored and burned.
New minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on board ships are addressed in the Code, and an approved course of basic training is now required for any seafarer responsible for designated safety duties associated with the care, use or emergency response to fuel on board ships which are subject to the IGF Code.
“The use of gas as a fuel on ships has increased in recent years due to the sulphur cap and targets set by the IMO to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2050, when compared to 2008. So, this distance learning course comes at an appropriate time to help seafarers get up to speed with the handling and management of these fuel types,” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.
“There is no pre-requisite sea service needed to enrol on this course or to be awarded a certificate of training.”
Videotel is part of the newly formed Ocean Technologies Group which also includes Seagull Maritime, Tero Marine, COEX and Maritime Training Services (MTS).